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It took me a while to figure out what I was going to write about Eggshell Skull, because it hit me harder than anything else I have read. Perhaps because Bri Lee fits into a very similar demographic as me, with similar experiences, everything in the book became much more real. However, sitting in recovery mode after reading this powerful and profound piece of work, I have never been more proud to be a woman and a feminist.
Eggshell Skull is Bri Lee’s memoir of her year of work as a judge’s associate in the Queensland District Court, as well as her personal battles and triumphs along the way. As Lee worked on case after case of sexual misconduct, she then decided to fight against the predator from her own past.
(Trigger Warning) The book goes into detail on various cases of child rape and abuse that Lee worked on. Not only was I shaken by being faced with the capacity of evil some people possess, but I was extremely angered by the “boys club” mentality of the judicial system, and their complete disregard for women’s rights both in and out of the courtroom.
Naturally, Lee was heavily angered by this, and while facing her own mental struggles while coming to terms with an industry she thought she knew, she grew into a fierce, raging feminist who is willing to fight against the injustices and inequalities existing in a system that we should be able to trust.
Outside of the courtroom, Lee reinforces how poorly women are still being treated. From major rape cases to cat-calls on the street, women are constantly in fear of becoming a victim of assault, and if they do, the resources to help them find justice are failing (and run by men!). It is completely disgusting and unacceptable, and things need to change.
Lee is just the kind of woman we need reaching a wide audience and making her voice heard. She is incredibly intellectual, fantastic at what she does and a general badass. With sexual misconduct currently being a hot topic and media focus (a good thing!), I am glad to have Bri Lee representing my own demographic, inspiring us to fight the fight, and can’t wait to see what she does next.